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    General Orders No. 19: John W. Geary Letter Written and Signed in a Secretarial Hand. One page, 7.75" x 12.5", Wauhatchee, Tennessee; December 3, 1863. A letter written by Thomas H. Elliot, Capt. Acting Adjutant General, by command of Brigadier General John W. Geary. Geary sends his congratulations to the XII Corps of the Union Army for their victories at both Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. It reads, in part:

    "A most important era in the present contest for national existence has just been passed; battles culminating in grandest success, fought and now, and the part taken by the troops of this Division, in the engagements by which it had been marked, having reflected so much honor upon themselves as individuals, and upon the command to which they are attached, the General Commanding cannot refrain from alluding to those services in terms which shall convey, in some measure his warm appreciation of their valor, their patriotism and their noble endurance of severe hardships while engaged in the arduous campaign. With heartfelt pride he reverts to their prowess in the assaults which made them the heroes of Lookout, Mt on the 24th ult, and to their gallant conduct upon Missionary Ridge on the 25th, Pea Vine back on the 21st and at Ringgold, upon Taylor's Ridge, on the 27th. The conquest of Lookout Mountain, well associated with the emblematic 'White Star' of the conquerors stand out as prominently in history as do the butting cliffs of that Titanic eminence upon the horizon. For these services he tenders them his heartfelt thanks, for their endurances, his sympathy, for their bereavement in the loss of so many gallant officers and so many have and noble men his condolence. In all the division, death could not have selected braver spirits, nobler hearts, than those who have lain their lives a sacrifice upon their country's alter in the recent engagements with the rebel forces..."

    The XII Corps followed Robert E. Lee into Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg and were placed under the command of Major General Joseph Hooker. Hooker had been defeated at Chancellorsville and now sought to repulse the Confederates who held the city of Chattanooga. The Battle of Lookout Mountain took place on November 24, 1863, with the mountain overlooking the city. It was part of a series of battles between Generals Grant and Bragg that resulted in the important routing of Bragg's army at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, which lifted the siege on Union forces.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning throughout. Some small areas of soiling and dampstaining. There are separations and some small tears at the folds and edges due to wear. Some paper loss at folds. A few small strips of tape on verso. Overall good.


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